What Is the Geneva Writers’ Group?

Started in 1993, the Geneva Writers’ Group brings together over 200 English-language writers from 30 countries. Its objective is to encourage all forms of creative writing in English.

The GWG is a non-profit group with links to International PEN, the International Writers’ Residence at the Château de Lavigny, the Paris Writers’ Workshop and the International Women’s Writing Guild.

Membership is open to all who wish to develop their creative writing skills. Encouragement and support are given to both beginning and published writers.

Meetings are held monthly, from September to June at the Geneva Press Club, with a program of writing workshops, critiquing sessions, and master classes.

Since 1998 the group has held the biennial Geneva Writers’ Conferences, at Webster University, Bellevue/Geneva, welcoming 200 writers from around the world, with a teaching staff, editors, and agents.

Alternating with the Conferences, is “Meet the Agents”, a weekend of presentations, readings, and consultations.


Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: What do I have to do to become eligible to join the GWG?
A.  We ask that you participate in one workshop before taking membership.  Workshops are held once monthly from September through June.  Our workshop season can be found here (http://www.genevawritersgroup.org/workshops/program/)

Q: Must I live in the Geneva region to be part of the group?
A: Our members not only come to us from all over the world, but may continue to be active with when the Geneva region is no longer ‘home base’. Some members return to us and give readings and do book signings – or travel quite a distance to be with us for a workshop day.

Q: If I am mainly interested in promoting my work and getting published, is this the group for me?
A: Our writers work at many levels and place varying emphasis on the importance of publication.  While we support one another in finding opportunities for growth personally and professionally, GWG members tend to greatly value the way that a writing community can make for a better life and world.


Susan Tiberghien (Chair)

Daniela Norris (Secretary)

Bob Piller (Treasurer)

Jenny Bew Orr

Alan Harmer

Folake Idowu

Seetha Chinnappa-Sarwal

Caroline Thonger

Kathy Bijleveld

The Geneva Writers Group is grateful to its Patrons, Sponsors and Friends.

Fondation de Groot
Hewlett Packard Genève

OffTheShelf English Bookshop
Geneva Press Club

American International Club, Geneva
American International Women’s Club, Geneva
American International Women’s Club, Lausanne
Bergli Books, Basel
BooksBooksBooks, Lausanne
Hello Switzerland
International PEN, Centre Suisse Romand
International Women’s Writing Guild, New York
Paris Writers News
Payot Librairie – Chantepoulet, English Books
Radio Frontier
Stauffacher English Bookshop, Bern
Swiss News